2 night Mobile Boating Safari – Chiefs Island

BOTSWANA EN-SUITE DOME LEVEL BOATING SAFARIS
2-NIGHTS/ 3-DAYS
Start Maun / End Maun

Two night Chiefs Island, Okavango: Boating safari, Nxaraga lagoon
Level of Safari: En-suite dome tent boating safari

START DATES 2019 + 2020
July 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th & 30th
August 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th, 25th & 27th
September 1st, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th, 22nd & 24th
Safari starts in Maun and ends in Maun

SUMMARY ITINERARY

Two night Chiefs Island, Okavango: Boating safari, Nxaraga lagoon

No children under 12 years of age. No minimum number of guests on scheduled safaris.  Private / exclusive safaris to suit guests dates and group on request.

ITINERARY

Day 1: We will collect you from your place of accommodation in Maun and transfer you to our rendezvous point getting you there by 8:30am, We will enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in a wonderful riverside setting while meeting our guide to discuss the safari.

We then depart from our backpackers lodge at 9am by motor boat, first on the Thamalakane river then up the Boro River. After the first 45 minutes passing through a rural area we then cross the “Buffalo fence” and enter the wildlife area of Okavango Delta.

Our next few hours are spent game and bird watching while navigating the reed channels of the southern Okavango on our way up to Chiefs Island. We will stop to have a light lunch of cold meats and salads and a short walk to stretch our legs en-route. After lunch the tender boat with staff and our camping equipment will move on to start setting up the camp ahead of our arrival. The sites we use are all exclusive operators’ sites that are not shared with other groups.

The tents we use on this safari are 3m x 3m walk-in dome tents, each one has one or two comfortable stretchers with bedrolls depending on whether you are sharing or not. Each bedroll is made up with a fitted cotton sheet, duvet and pillow. Each tent has an attached canvass enclosure to the rear with its own shower and toilet area. We arrive at our camp at Nxaraga lagoon at around 2:30pm, settle in and take a rest in the shade at our picturesque campsite.

At around 4pm depart on foot with a guide for a short 1 hour game walk around Nxaraga Island to stretch our legs. Arrive back before sunset which we enjoy from the boat on the middle of Nxaraga lagoon, probably with a Hippo or two.
Arrive back shortly before dark to a warmed bucket shower and a hearty campfire cooked 3 course dinner.
Retire at your leisure to your tent to fall asleep to the sounds of the Okavango

Day 2: We wake up around 6am, have coffee/tea, cereal and a cooked breakfast and then set off at 7am for a 1 and a half hour boat ride to Xaxaba village to meet our mokoro polers. From 9am to midday we go out with our mokoro polers for a 3 hour combination of mokoro poling and walking. From midday we boat further upstream for birding and game viewing in the Jugujugu area for a picnic lunch. Arrive back at Nxaraga campsite in the late afternoon for a shower and campfire dinner.

Day 3: We wake up around 5:30, have coffee/tea and cereal set off shortly after 6am for a 20 minute boat ride to a point from which we can go on a three hour guided game walk. We then arrive back around 9:30 for a full cooked brunch.

We depart from camp around 11am for a slow ride back to Maun with a picnic lunch on the way.

Arrive back at 5pm at our backpackers lodge in Maun. End of Services.

Our en-suite dome tent boating Safaris
Our en-suite dome tent boating Safaris are run on a minimum 2 nights per campsite basis. For groups of more than 3 people we send a supply boat with 2 members of staff to set up camp ahead of your clients. For 3 people or less 2 staff and all equipment will travel on the same boat.

Luggage:
Luggage must be restricted to 15kg per person in soft bags.

Accommodation:
• Walk-in 3m x 3m dome tents with comfortable bedrolls made up with high quality cotton linen on stretchers.
• Bedside table with solar powered lantern.
• Chairs and a table on a groundsheet outside the front of the tent.
• There is an attached enclosure at the back of each tent that encompasses the shower and a curtained-off safari style toilet.
• Towels are supplied.

Meals:
• Early breakfast- Cereals, yoghurt, rusks, tea and coffee.
• Brunch- Eggs, bacon, beans, fried tomato, sausage (or vegan sausage) and toast.
• Light afternoon lunch- Cold meats, salads breads and fruit.
• Dinner- 3 courses, soup, a main and desert.

Drinks:
3lts of bottled water per person per day, fruit juice for breakfast and wine for dinner. A limited supply of local soft drinks, beers and cider will also be supplied. If they would like to take any extra drinks we can supply a cooler and ice.